Libyans vote to elect constitution assembly

Over 1.4 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect 60 out of 649 candidates, according to the electoral commission.

Libyans vote to elect constitution assembly

World Bulletin / News Desk

Polls opened across Libyan on Thursday to elect a 60-member constituent assembly that would be tasked with writing a new constitution for the country, which has been gripped by political tensions since the downfall of strongman Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.

According to Anadolu Agency reporters, voters headed to the polling centers since the early morning across the country.

However, a very low turnout is reported at the predominantly-Berber Nafusa Mountains, southwest of Tripoli, amid a boycott campaign by the Berber community.

Polling stations, which opened at 8am, are due to close by 7pm.

Over 1.4 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect 60 out of 649 candidates, according to the electoral commission.

In a Wednesday press conference, Aref al-Khouja, head of elections security committee, said that 40,000 policemen and 12,000 army troops would be on duty to secure the 17 polling stations and 1,600 polling centers.

The government has already declared Thursday a national holiday to encourage voting.

The Supreme Council of Berbers in Libya is boycotting the elections to protest perceived underrepresentation after Berbers were granted two seats only in the assembly.

The Berbers stand up for 5 percent of Libya's six million population, according to official figures.

Last Mod: 20 Şubat 2014, 10:23
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